Fix your USB flash drive, if there is a physical damage!

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Do you have a USB drive that doesn’t work anymore and thinking of disposing it? We would advise you to read this article before you reach to any conclusion. Will you believe if we say that your USB flash drive can be formatted and brought back to normal working condition?

Let’s not delay more and explore the methods, if there is a physical damage of your USB flash drive.

Physical damage:

Let us consider that there is a physical damage. In this case, you need to decide whether your files are too crucial to make a DIY attempt or it is better to go for an alternative option.

    • If your files are very important, then we would suggest you to go for a data recovery company. These companies have sophisticated tools to take care of the issue. Chances are there that your hardware issue will be fixed without losing any of your data. This process would be little pricey that might range from $20 to $850, but it is you who has to decide whether the content of the flash drive is worth it or not.

    • If you think that you can risk your files and make a DIY attempt, then get ready to learn something new that you might not have done before.

First of all, you need to have the tools handy:

Soldering iron with solder and flux

    1. USB cable
    2. Wire cutter
    3. Small screwdriver
    4. Magnifying glass

Before initiating the process, you should know that this process has to be followed, if there is a broken connector.

  • Use the screwdriver to remove the case of the USB drive.

  • Now, you can make use of the magnifying glass to analyse what is wrong with the circuit of the USB drive. If the PCB board or the solder pads is the reason, then you would need the help of a technician. However, if the connector is broken, but the solder pads and the PCB are working fine, then proceed to the next step.

  • Place the flash drive with connector facing you and the solder pads facing upwards.

  • Use wire cutter to cut one end off USB cable.

  • Use wire strippers to pull out 0.25 inch of all the four wires.

  • Every wire should be soldered to every solder pad.

  • Connect the USB drive to the computer and see what happens. If the system reads it, that would be great and you can save your files immediately. If not, then it is better to consult a technician.

Next time, if a USB drive is not working well, try fixing it instead of disposing it.

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Tweak Your System To Have It Perform Better!

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Wasn’t the first experience of your new computer amazing? Probably, it was very fast and efficient. Eventually, the speed might have reduced and now, you find it tiresome to work with your computer. It wouldn’t have been the case, if you would have regularly cleaned the hard drive.

Don’t worry, it’s never too late! You can start now to have a better performing computer than the current system. Before getting started, let me tell you that there are built-in Windows utilities to do instead of using any third party app.

To reach these utilities, you need to click on the ‘Start’ menu→choose ‘All programs’ folder→navigate to ‘Accessories’→select ‘System Tools’.

Disk cleanup:

Once this utility runs, it will take some time to complete the process. After the process is completed, it will display certain items to the users, which are safe to be removed. You can select those items. If you aren’t sure of a particular file, you can choose the file and go through the detailed info and take your decision.

You will have a huge space at the end.

Disk Defragmenter:

Files are not stored in an organized manner in the hard disk, over time. Upon request of a file, the bits of the file should be collected by the hard disk and then, the file will be retrieved by the user. More unorganized files results in more delay. So, disk defragmenter utility has to be run to keep your files organized in your hard disk, so that the retrieval doesn’t take much time and there is less wear and tear of the hard disk.

Once you locate the disk defragmenter utility in System Tools, you can click on the ‘analyze’ button, so that you know whether defragmenting a particular disk is a good idea or not. Once it is done, you can go ahead with the disk defragmentation.

Now, your hard disk will perform better than before.

Clutter free desktop:

Often it has been noticed that computers boot up a little late, if the desktop has too many icons. A cluttered desktop also contributes towards a slower computer. This is the reason that you should move your files to locations other than the desktop.

If that is not fine with you, then make sure that you put the files in folders instead of leaving the files scattered on the desktop. Clutter free desktop results in better boot up.

These are few simple things that can boost the performance of your computer, without any hassle. Next time, if you find your system performing slower than before, try to troubleshoot the issue instead of contacting a technician and spend a fortune.

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Rip files from DVD by making use of VLC

DVD Rip Files

Do you want to upload any video of yours to YouTube, but the video is in a DVD and you do not know the method of converting it from a DVD to some compatible format? Relax! It is not a big issue to deal with. You can make use of VLC media player to have it converted to mpeg or any other format.

Without any delay, here are the steps to do so.

Using older versions of VLC:

  • Insert the DVD in the drive and launch the VLC. Go to ‘File’ tab and choose ‘Open Disc…’

  • Switch to ‘Disc’ tab. Under field of ‘Disc Type’, you need to choose ‘DVD’.

  • In the device name box, you need to type the letter of your DVD drive. The figure chosen in the title box must be ‘0’ and click ‘Ok’.

  • Now, choose the ‘Open disc..’ from the ‘File’ menu.

  • This will open up an ‘Open Media’ dialog box and at the bottom of the window, you will see ‘Advanced Options’, which you need to click on and select the ‘Stream’ option from there.

  • Beside ‘Stream’ button, you will have a ‘Settings’ button that you need to click on.

  • Make sure that the ‘Play Locally’ button is unchecked.

  • Check the ‘File’ box.

  • Click the ‘Browse’ button and choose the location, where you want to save the extracted file.

  • While naming the file, you need to add the “extension .m4v”.

  • In the ‘Encapsulation’ field, choose ‘MP4’.

  • In ‘Transcoding Options’ field, choose the option of ‘MP4’.

  • Click ‘Ok’ in the current window and the next window.

This will start ripping the file to the particular location of the hard disk that has been chosen by you.

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Is your mic working fine?

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If you happen to install a microphone in your desktop and need to know whether the new microphone is working fine or not, then you have to perform an audio recording test. Here is how you can do so.

Installation of mic:

First step you need to do is to install the mic in the proper port. These days, microphones can be connected to the USB port. The only thing that you can do is install driver for the particular microphone. If it is a basic mic of 2.5mm jack, you need to put it in the red port of the card.

Launch the sound recorder:

If you’re using Windows Vista or Windows 7, then launch the audio recorder by clicking on the Start menu and type ‘sound recorder’ in the search bar followed by pressing ‘Enter’ key. This will launch the audio recorder application.

Record the audio:

Once the program is launched, you could see a red button that is meant for recording. Press that button and start recording your voice. Remember not to speak to the mic directly. You should speak as though you’re talking to someone right in front of you. The recorder app has the indicator that will fluctuate as your voice modulates.

Play the audio:

Once you’re done recording, you can save the audio file as any other file and play the same by double clicking it. The triangular play button can be used for the same.

Adjust the quality of the recording:

If the recording quality is not upto the standard due to certain difference in sound level, then you need to access the microphone set up interface. All you need to do is type ‘microphone’ in the search bar. Click ‘set up a microphone’ result if you see any. This would ask you whether you’re using a headset, desktop mic or any other device.
Upon your selection, the system will adjust the input level according to the pitch of your voice. You will be asked to sit at a right distance from the system and have your voice recorded.

That’s it, you will know whether your microphone is working or not.

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Defrag Your Disk In Windows 7 Computer

Disk Defragmenter

Disk Defragmenter is an efficient utility that is provided in Windows 7 computer. Upon running this utility all the file fragments are organized in a better manner and retrieving of files becomes easier than before. Do you want to check out the steps to defragment the disk in Windows 7 computer? Alright then, here you go!

  • Click on the ‘Start’ menu of your desktop.

  • On the search bar, type ‘disk defragmenter’.

  • Click on the ‘Defragment Disk’ link for initiating the process.

  • Now, you need to choose the drive that you want to defragment. It could be your ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘E’ drive. Once it is selected, you can choose the option of ‘Defragment Now’.

Note: If the disk you want to defrag is not idle, then it may ask you to schedule the process next time when the computer powers on. In that case, below are the steps that you need to follow.

  • Click on ‘Configure schedule’ button.

  • Check the ‘Run on a schedule (recommended)’ box.

  • Now, you need to set the frequency at which you want the disk to defragment. It could be on a weekly, daily or monthly basis.

  • Select the day and time at which it should run.

  • Then, click on the ‘Select disks’ button to choose the disk that you want to defrag, you can also defrag all the disks at a time.

  • Click ‘Ok’ followed by choosing the ‘Close’ button and this is it!

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Have the Problem of a Noisy Fan Fixed in Your Computer

Noisy Fan

Having fans in the system is to dissipate heat from the system that is generated by the CPU, power supply and other units of the computer. If you could hear frequent noises in your system, then it symbolizes the accumulation of dust on the fan. Due to this, fan might not be able to throw the heat out of the system, which may result in the damage of components in the system.

Here are the ways to fix your issue.

  • First, we would suggest you to clean the CPU fan.

  • Next, you can try cleaning the power supply fan.

  • If the noise doesn’t reduce, you can take the step to replace the CPU fan.

  • If it still exists, then replace the power supply. You might think about replacing the power supply fan, as it is done in case of CPU. But, the fact is opening up the fan from the power supply is not advisable.

  • There are cases, when the fan is in a good working state, but produces noise due to too much of heat produced in the system. In that scenario, turn your system off for certain time or move it to a cooler space.

  • The last suggestion would be spend some money and buy more powerful fans than you have currently.

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Which hardware of your system is responsible for the problem?

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Having concluded that your hardware is having a problem, the next step you would think is to take your computer to the service center. If your computer is under warranty, you can take it to service center to get it repaired. However, if it is not under warranty, you can try your hands to know which hardware is causing the problem. Also, you can check the hardware conditions regularly. Here is how you can determine your hardware conditions.

Blue Screen of Death:

Blue Screen of Death is a rare occurrence, but this screen will have an error message that will notify you about the reason of the occurrence of this blue screen. Usually, blue screen occurs due to the crashing of the driver. For example, if it displays a message of “NV4_disp.dll”, it means that the problem persists with the NVIDIA graphics card. Now, you know what to tweak to get this problem resolved.

Hard Disk’s health:

S.M.A.R.T. is the monitoring technique that is included within the hard disk. You can make use of the S.M.A.R.T. analysis tool to know the status of the hard disk. It will tell you whether your hard disk has failed or it will be failing soon. This will let you set your mind to be prepared for the hard disk failure.

Test The RAM of your system:

RAM malfunctioning can be determined by the frequent crashing of the programs, file system corruption and blue screen of death. When data is written on a RAM sector, it should be read back once the file is being requested by the user and if there is a problem with the RAM, the requested program will show some error. To know the condition of the RAM, you can conduct some test. To do this, you can make use of Window’s built-in memory diagnostic tool. This tool will write on the RAM and read it back to ensure the proper functioning of RAM.

Heat levels:

Generally, computers heat up after a long time of usage. This problem may occur abnormally, if there is an issue with the ventilation or the fan inside has stopped working. Computer maintains the statistics of the heat level, so that you can check it frequently and take necessary steps, if needed.

Download and install tools like SpeedFan, which will display the recommended temperature level of your system.

These are few of the hardware issues of the computer that it may face. Once the point of issue is discovered, it will be easier for you to troubleshoot it.

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Free up your hard disk with no or little space

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Do you have both a solid state drive and a hard drive? Alright! Gradually, situation may arise that you need to free up some space in your hard disk for better performance. There are ways to free up some space in your hard disk. However these methods shouldn’t be followed, if the space in your hard disk is adequate to have the files stored.

Uninstall Windows update files:

Patches for Windows software programs are needed for the proper functioning of the system. However, these updates after a while could be a problem to your system by occupying the space. Windows 7 has been updated with a latest feature in Windows Disk Cleanup tool.

You need to open this tool→ choose the option of ‘Clean up System files’→ check the ‘Windows Update cleanup’ box→click ‘Ok’.

Uninstall the Recovery partition:

Recovery partition does hold an importance. This is way beyond useful when something has been messy in your system and you want to reset your system. It is helpful, but Recovery partition consumes huge space of the computer’s memory. The reason behind is that it contains complete system image.

This huge space can be freed by transferring this image to another media, which can be used from that particular media whenever you want to set your system to factory settings.

Disable Hibernation file:

“C:\hiberfil.sys” is the location where the Windows create a hibernation file. This file is used when the user switches to hibernate mode. When you put your system to hibernate mode, it moves all the running programs to that particular file. This file has to accommodate all the programs. Usually, the size of this file is almost 75% of the RAM. This also eats up too much space of the hard disk, so it is better to disable this file. This file can be disabled, but can’t be moved off the system, as it should be located during the booting for proper functioning.

These methods could be used when there is short of space, but using these methods when enough space is available might do more harm than good.

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How to install a hard disk?

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Are you facing any problem in installing IDE hard drives? Don’t worry, as today we’re going to discuss the same. So, let’s get started with it!

  • Unplug the power cables that connect the computer and the electrical socket. Also, you need to disconnect any devices that are connected to the system externally. After disconnecting the cables and devices, you need to place the computer on a non-abrasive surface.

  • Remove the screws that are connected to the computer case.

  • Make sure that the jumper at the hard disk side is set to “CS” mode.

Fix the hard disk:

Inside the computer, you will be able to see a hard disk slot. This is the one, where you can slide the hard disk. You may wonder how to understand that the hard disk has been placed right—it’s simple, when the screws align with the holes, the placement is right.

Connect hard disk to motherboard and power supply:

You can see one connector on one side of the IDE and the other side has two connectors. The single connector is usually, in blue and it is supposed to slide into the IDE socket of the motherboard. The other connectors are meant to be connected to the hard disk.

Next is the 4-pin Molex connector on the power supply, which is supposed to be connected to the hard disk.

Set up your system:

Once the disk is connected to the power supply and motherboard, you need to place the case back and fix the screws. Connect all the power cables and turn on your system. Upon starting, you have to enter the BIOS set up to make sure that the system recognizes the hard disk attached. You’re good to go with the new hard disk installed computer.

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